27 Whiskey Cocktails to Warm Your Soul This Fall and Winter
Nothing is more soul-warming than curling up by the fire with a hot toddy or whiskey-spiked eggnog in hand. If your experience with the spirit starts and ends with Jack and Coke, it’s high time you branched out. Whiskey’s signature oak flavor pairs beautifully with everything from apple cider to hot cocoa. Plus, there are many varieties to explore, like sweet bourbon and peppery rye. Whiskey also pairs well with tart produce and sour beverages, like blackberries and lemonade, so you can sip it during the summertime too. Here are 27 whiskey cocktails to shake up at home all year round.
2. Classic Eggnog
This creamy, cinnamon-y, nutmeg-kissed bev pairs well with dark rum, brandy and Cognac alike, but bourbon is our go-to choice. Be sure to leave a glass out for Santa.
3. Blood Orange Bourbon Sour
For the record, bourbon is a type of whiskey that’s mash is made up of at least 51 percent corn. It must be distilled and aged in charred oak barrels, typically resulting in a sweeter, more nuanced flavor with notes of caramel and vanilla. (That also makes it a delicious pairing for citrus.)
6. Classic Manhattan Cocktail
Rye is the star of this old-school cocktail, dashed with two types of bitters and sweet vermouth.
13. Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
Tastes just like a fall evening spent by the bonfire wrapped in your favorite quilt.
14. Maple Ginger Hot Toddy
Did you know the hot toddy is often used as a cold remedy? Give this one a try next time you have the sniffles: It’s loaded with freshly muddled ginger.
19. Cinnamon Bourbon Old Fashioned with Brûléed Oranges
This version of the old-school cocktail isn’t as boozy as the original, but once you taste the homemade maple-cinnamon simple syrup, you won’t mind one bit.
20. Blackberry Lemonade
Spike it with blackberry whiskey, bourbon, silver rum or lemon vodka—the bar cart is your oyster.
23. Citrus Whiskey Tea Punch
Complete with pomegranate-lemon ice cubes. Whiskey and applejack, a liquor made from apple brandy and grain alcohol that’s known as America’s first spirit, unite to make this crowd-pleaser possible.
24. Cranberry Bourbon Sour
Be sure to use 100 percent cranberry juice instead of cranberry juice cocktail: Its flavor is much more intensely tart and better complements this drink.